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Adam Payerl

PHT Morning Skate: Pens’ Payerl wants to be an NHL ‘beast’


PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.

You may have missed Penguins forward Adam Payerl in the two games he played for Pittsburgh last season, but at 6-foot-3 and 218 pounds, Bill Guerin says he’s a “beast.” (Penguins)

P.K. Subban has been just about everywhere in Montreal over the weekend including on stage at Just For Laughs with Seth Rogen and Joseph Gordon-Levitt. What a life! (Montreal Gazette)

Remember goalie Mark Dekanich? The former Nashville Predators and Columbus Blue Jackets farmhand is rocking it in the KHL playing for Medvescak Zagreb in Croatia and could be the Croatian National Team’s man in net, too. (IIHF)

The sons of former Detroit Red Wings and Carolina Hurricanes defenseman Steve Chiasson are getting their shot to follow in their father’s footsteps in Raleigh. (NHL.com)

Washington Capitals farmhand defenseman David Kolomatis is headed to Finland after striking a deal with Tappara in the SM-liiga. (Washington Post)

The battle amongst young players on the Buffalo Sabres blue line will be a tough one. (NHL.com)

Blue Jackets will finally hunt for a new goalie; Evgeni Nabokov anyone?

Evgeni Nabokov

Goaltending hasn’t been a point of pride for the Blue Jackets this year. Steve Mason has been terrible, Mark Dekanich and Curtis Sanford have been injured, and Allen York is a year removed from college hockey. With Dekanich suffering a new injury last night in his first game back during an AHL tuneup, the Jackets are finally going to pursue more legitimate help in goal.

GM Scott Howson said today that the team will be pursuing an experienced backup goaltender and Aaron Portzline of The Columbus Dispatch reports that Islanders goalie Evgeni Nabokov is on their wish list.

It was just two nights ago that the rumor of a Nabokov-to-Columbus deal had broken that involved sending Fedor Tyutin to the Islanders as part of the deal. The rumor got along far enough that the Islanders’ broadcast crew even spoke about it on the air.

The catch with pursuing Nabokov is that he’s got a no-trade clause in his contract. Would he accept being dealt to a team that’s even more hapless than the Islanders are just to get more playing time? That’s a tough debate for him but you’d have to think that consistent playing time would trump all. Besides, he’d have a great chance to supplant Mason as the starter if given the opportunity.

If Nabokov isn’t the guy for them they could also call Florida about Scott Clemmensen or even pursue free agent Marty Turco. Turco has spending his time of late working on the NHL Network. No matter what their move is, it’s the right move for Columbus to seek out better goaltending because they need it desperately.

It’s time for the Steve Mason experience to end in Columbus

Steve Mason

It seems like forever ago that Steve Mason posted 10 shutouts in a season and won the Calder Trophy as rookie of the year. That was just the 2008-2009 season though and since then it’s been a slow decline for Mason in Columbus.

Going from a rookie year that saw him put up a goals against average of 2.25 to becoming a guy with a GAA over 3.00 is a terrifying change of pace for the Blue Jackets and with the team doing miserably once again, it’s time for the Blue Jackets to start looking around for alternatives for their starting goalie.

Yes, the Blue Jackets foolishly gave Mason a huge contract after his big year and it’s a contract that’s got one more year left on it after this one at $2.9 million. That doesn’t mean the Jackets have to stop snooping around, however. A major issue for Columbus now is they have no one to challenge Mason.

Backup goalie Mark Dekanich has been hurt since preseason and top AHL option Curtis Sanford is also banged up leaving fresh out of college rookie Allen York, formerly at RPI, to be the backup. Banking on your fourth stringer to help be your safety net is dangerous living.

Without anyone to seriously push Mason or even take the job away from him for the time being, Columbus is stuck in a bad way. If they’re unable to do anything about it, it’s an issue that could linger through til next season whether coach Scott Arniel or GM Scott Howson are there to see it through or not. Figuring things out in goal could go a long way to fixing things in Ohio.

Mark Dekanich’s injury opens Blue Jackets’ backup spot for Curtis Sanford

Winnepeg Jets v Columbus BlueJackets

For all the blustery, long-term risks the Columbus Blue Jackets made during this off-season, their short-term goaltending gambles might be their undoing.

If GM Scott Howson really did enough to improve the team in front of embattled would-be franchise goalie Steve Mason, then maybe these concerns will evaporate. Still, it’s worrisome that Mason has been (at best) an average NHL goalie since his Calder Trophy season in 2008-09 – especially after solid backup Mathieu Garon departed to the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Things could get ugly if the Blue Jackets are forced to lean on a backup. That was already true heading into training camp, but now the situation looks even more dire considering Mark Dekanich’s high-ankle sprain. The Columbus Dispatch’s Aaron Portzline reports that Dekanich will be sidelined for about a month with the injury, which opens the door for former St. Louis Blues and Vancouver Canucks backup Curtis Sanford to get another crack at NHL time.

Sanford hasn’t played in the NHL since he went 7-8-0 with a .906 save percentage and 2.59 for the Canucks in 08-09. His overall record is 37-37-11 with a .901 career save percentage and 2.76 GAA.

In a way, Sanford is actually a safer backup than the reasonably well-liked prospect Dekanich, who has one game and about 50 minutes of NHL experience on his resume. Either way, my guess is that the Blue Jackets better be a high-scoring team in 2011-12 if they want to make the playoffs.

NHL free agency Friday one-stop shop


Today’s free agency kickoff in the NHL will keep things busy all afternoon. While some names and players are going to be more than well worth the attention, some guys might not quite be worth a ton of attention. Since it’s free agent day and everyone deserves a little bit of ink, we’ll keep track of all of today’s signings here for you to keep score at home.

Like we said, they all won’t be big time winners, but they’ll all be here. Refresh the page as you wish to or just check back in throughout the day.

Minnesota re-signs goalie Josh Harding: One year, $750,000 (Source)

Detroit re-signs forward Patrick Eaves: Three years, $3.6 million (Source)

Columbus signs defenseman James Wisniewski to six-year, $33 million deal.

Vancouver re-signs defenseman Sami Salo to one year deal worth $2 million.

Vancouver re-signs forward Chris Higgins: Two years, $3.8 million (Source)

Detroit re-signs forward Drew Miller: Two years, $1.65 million (Source)

Pittsburgh re-signs forward Tyler Kennedy for two years, $4 million.

New Jersey re-signs defenseman Andy Greene to a four year deal.

Tampa Bay signs goalie Mathieu Garon: Two years, $2.6 million (Source)

Buffalo re-signs forward Cody McCormick: Three years, $3.6 million (Source)

Edmonton signs forward Ben Eager: Three years, $3.3 million (Source)

Chicago signs forward Jamal Mayers: One year, $550,000 (Source)

Florida signs goalie Jose Theodore: Two years, $3 million (Source)

Chicago signs forward Brett McLean: One year, two-way deal worth $525,000 (Source)

Dallas signs defenseman Adam Pardy: Two years, $4 million (Source)

Chicago signs defenseman Sean O’Donnell: One year, $850,000 (Source)

Florida signs forward Scottie Upshall: Four years, $14 million (Source)

Washington signs forward Jeff Halpern: One year, $825,000 (Source)

Phoenix signs forward Raffi Torres: Two years, $3.5 million (Source)

Phoenix signs goalie Mike Smith: Two years, $4 million (Source)

Philadelphia signs forward Jaromir Jagr to a one year deal worth $3.3 million.

Calgary signs defenseman Chris Butler (RFA): Two years, $2.5 million (Source)

Phoenix signs forward Boyd Gordon: Two years, $2.65 million (Source)

Vancouver signs forward Mark Mancari: One year, $525,000 (Source)

Dallas signs forward Radek Dvorak: One year, $1.5 million (Source)

Florida signs defenseman Ed Jovanovski: Four years, $16.5 million (Source)

Dallas signs forward Vernon Fiddler: Three years, $5.4 million (Source)

Philadelphia signs forward Jakub Voracek (RFA): One year, $2.25 million (Source)

Colorado signs defenseman Jan Hejda: Four years, $13 million (Source)

Chicago signs forward Andrew Brunette: One year, $2 million (Source)

St. Louis re-signs forward Matt D’Agostini: Two years, $3.3 million (Source)

Florida signs forward Marcel Goc: Three years, $5.1 million (Source)

Philadelphia signs defenseman Andreas Lilja (Source)

New Jersey re-signs goalie Johan Hedberg: One year deal (Source)

Phoenix re-signs Radim Vrbata: Three years, $9 million (Source)

Philadelphia signs forward Maxime Talbot: Five years, $9 million (Source)

Colorado acquires goalie Semyon Varlamov from Washington, signs him to two year, $5.5 million deal.

Winnipeg signs defenseman Derek Meech: One year, two-way deal worth $700,000 (Source)

Carolina signs goalie Brian Boucher: Two years, $1.9 million (Source)

Montreal signs goalie Peter Budaj: Two years, $2.3 million (Source)

New York Rangers sign Mike Rupp: Three years, $4.5 million (Source)

Detroit signs defenseman Mike Commodore: One year, $1 million (Source)

Pittsburgh signs forward Steve Sullivan: One year, $1.5 million (Source)

Washington signs forward Joel Ward: Four years, $12 million (Source)

New York Islanders sign forward Marty Reasoner: Two years, @2.7 million (Source)

Phoenix signs forward Alexandre Bolduc: One year, two-way deal $575,000 (Source)

Washington signs defenseman Roman Hamrlik: Two years, $7 million (Source)

Montreal signs forward Erik Cole: Four years, $18 million (Source)

Edmonton signs forward Darcy Hordichuk: One year, $825,000 (Source)

Edmonton signs defenseman Cam Barker: One year, $2.25 million (Source)

Ottawa signs goalie Alex Auld: One year, $1 million (Source)

Dallas signs forward Michael Ryder: Two years, $7 million (Source)

Dallas signs forward Jake Dowell: One year, $800,000 (Source)

Boston signs forward Benoit Pouliot: One year, $1.1 million (Source)

Buffalo signs forward Ville Leino: Six years, $27 million (Source)

Vancouver signs forward Marco Sturm: One year, $2.25 million (Source)

Carolina signs forward Alexei Ponikarovsky: One year, $1.5 million (Source)

Washington signs forward Ryan Potulny: Two years, $1.05 million (Source)

Dallas signs defenseman Sheldon Souray: One year, $1.65 million (Source)

San Jose signs defenseman Jim Vandermeer: One year, $1 million (Source, Source 2)

Florida signs forward Tomas Fleischmann: Four years, $18 million (Source)

Philadelphia trades Kris Versteeg to Florida for two draft picks.

Columbus signs goalie Curtis Sanford: One year, two-way deal; $600,000 (Source)

Edmonton signs forward Eric Belanger: Three years, $5.25 million (Source)

Anaheim trades defenseman Andy Sutton to Edmonton for defenseman Kurtis Foster

Columbus signs goalie Mark Dekanich: One year, $575,000 (Source)

Boston signs forward Trent Whitfield (Source)

Boston signs goalie Anton Khudobin (Source)

Columbus signs defenseman Aaron Johnson (Source)

Colorado signs forward Chuck Kobasew: Two years, $2.5 million (Source)

St. Louis signs goalie Brian Elliott: One year, two-way deal worth $600,00 (Source, Source 2)

Carolina signs forward Tim Brent: Two years, $1.5 million (Source)

Carolina signs forward Jiri Tlusty: One year, $525,000 (Source)

Colorado signs goalie Jean-Sebastien Giguere: Two years, $2.5 million (Source)

Tampa Bay signs forward J.T. Wyman: One year, two-way contract (Source)

Edmonton signs defenseman Corey Potter: One year, two-way contract (Source)

Ottawa signs forward Francis Lessard: One year, two-way contract (Source)

Chicago signs forward Dan Carcillo: One year, $775,000 (Source, Source 2)

Winnipeg signs forward Tanner Glass: One year, $750,000 (Source)

Vancouver signs forward Andrew Ebbett: One year, $525,000 (Source)

San Jose signs forward Michal Handzus: Two years, $5 million (Source)

Florida signs forward Sean Bergenheim: Four years, $11 million  (Source)

New York Rangers re-sign Ruslan Fedotenko: One year, $1.4 million (Source)